Engineering Service Learning, Engineering Entrepreneurship and assessment: Building a program that works

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The U. A. Whitaker School of Engineering at Florida Gulf Coast
University (FGCU) welcomed its first group of students in 2005,
successfully graduating the first class in 2009. A key component to the
engineering program includes a two course sequence in Engineering
Service Learning and Engineering Entrepreneurship.
Engineering Service Learning focuses on identifying a community based
need, design criteria and constraints and developing alternative
solutions. Engineering Entrepreneurship continues with the engineering
design process, emphasizing testing and implementation of the design
while developing a business plan and gaining an understanding of the
market potential for the solution. Every class in the engineering
program is tied directly to targeted assessment outcomes. Engineering
Entrepreneurship and Engineering Service Learning support ABET program
outcomes d (ability to function on a team) and g (communicate
effectively in an interdisciplinary environment), as well as two school
specific outcomes l (understand entrepreneurship and business plans) and
m (define a community problems and deliver a solution). Outcomes d and g
are challenging to assess and are often left to capstone design courses.
This paper will provide background on the design and development of the
two course series, assessment results from the past two years and
changes made based on the assessment results.

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